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…back on the bike…soon… April 13, 2009

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Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s also been a long time since I rode. There has been lots of changes in my life.  I’m going to sum them up real quick before I get to the reason I’m posting tonight.

My son turned 1.
I finished my degree.
I went bear hunting in Alaska.
I am retiring from the Navy.
I have taken a job offer in Minnesota.

I’m sure there’s more that I am forgetting, but I’m eager to tell you about my soon to be new bike.

In the preparations of getting ready to move off the island and back to the mainland, I’ve decided to sell my Specialized Sirrus here and get a new bike on the mainland.

Well, I found the one I want. I’m getting a 62cm 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker in Utility Blue. This is sure to get me out of the non-riding funk I’ve been in, and get me back into commuting and touring.

I’m excited.

 

Surly Long Haul Trucker

Surly Long Haul Trucker

 

I’m getting the bike at a bike shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota called The Hub Bicycle Co-Op. I’ll be picking it up when I move there next month.

As for changes to the bike, I’ll definitely be transferring my broken in Brooks B-17 over to it and my front and rear racks. Beyond that, I’ll be putting some miles on it before I decide.

Wish me luck!

…may get another bike… December 29, 2007

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Possibly picking up a road bike off Craigslist.

Taking a look at a Giant OCR tomorrow. Don’t know which one it is, or exactly how old it is yet, though it is the 6061 aluminum framed low-end model. Whether I get it depends on how it fits. It may be a tad small at 60/61cm, but we’ll see tomorrow. They are only asking $250 including headlight and u-lock.

It would be nice to have a dedicated weekend road bike, and enjoy some faster rides, rather than using my commuter/tourer/hybrid bike.

Eventually, I’ll have three bikes. A commuter, a dedicated tourer, and a road bike. I already have the commuter, and I don’t mind buying a used low-end road bike, but I’d like to build the tourer. A custom built (by me) Surly Long Haul Trucker would fit the bill perfectly. Oh well, someday. For now I’ll settle for a cheap road bike.

If I get it, I’ll post pics and let you know how it rides 🙂

…photos and record time… November 3, 2007

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So, this has been a busy couple months for me. My knee is holding up just great, and I’m back to full speed on the bike. In fact, I broke my commute time record a little over a week ago. I did my commute to work (normally a 16.5-18 min ride) in 15:02. That’s door to door (I can ride my bike from the front door of my house to the door of my shop). My average speed was a record 16.2mph! That’s an average speed. I was cooking down Nimitz Highway at 20-22mph that morning (between lights). Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my time and progress. Oh, and that was on my hybrid with front and rear racks, a trunk bag, front panniers, and about 8 lbs of work stuff…

In other updates, I’ve uploaded photos of the airshow we had here in October, and of my 2yr old picking out her pumpkin. I also found out that my free flickr account will only display the last 200 photos uploaded. So, some of my earlier bike photos won’t display. I’ll decide later whether to upgrade the account, or be more selective about uploaded photos.

Well, the SuperFerry fiasco has made some positive progress. They were able to wade through the pool of crap thrown at them and get a special session where a bill was passed that allows the SuperFerry to continue operations while the State conducts an environmental impact survey (yes, the same one the State told the SuperFerry they didn’t have to do). So, there should be some deals coming up soon. Maybe I can start planning my bike tour of Maui sooner rather than later.

Let’s see, what else?… Oh, I don’t think I’ve posted this yet, but we are having another baby! Due date is Jan 22, 2008. It’s a BOY! We’ve picked a name for him: Elliot Lee Stone. So, what do you think? I think it’s pretty cool.

Not much else going on. While you wait for me to update my blog again, be sure to check out some of the links on the right.

…back on the bike… October 2, 2007

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…so I rode the bike home from work last Thursday (yes, it has been in my office for the last month), then let my knee rest over the weekend. Everything seemed to hold up great, so I’m back to riding the bike to/from work. Rode it to/from yesterday, and rode it in this morning. Feels great to ride again. Of course, I have to fight to lose the weight that I put on while resting my knee.

In other news, I recently ordered the Arkel Briefcase pannier. That should make for getting things around at work easier. I usually commute with a trunk bag on the back, and a pair of Arkel T28’s on the front. Normally I don’t need the T42’s. However, it would occasionally be helpful to have just a little more room, and the briefcase should fit the bill nicely. I’ll post a review in the next couple weeks.

In other other news, I’ve upgraded to bibs. Yep, first it was spandex shorts, and now bibs. I must say that they are worth the extra money over the padded shorts I was wearing. So far, the only issue I have is when I had to take an emergency #2 bathroom break. I had to take my shirt off to drop the bibs! They are still worth the hassle. Oh, and I feel faster 🙂

In other other other news… I am thinking about planning my trip to Maui. One teensy problem… the state of Hawaii is totally dicking around with the new inter-island ferry. The protesting is malicious. They could have protested anytime the last five or more years while the company went through all the hassle of getting approval to conduct business in Hawaii, and getting all the environmental surveys done, and developing a plan to conduct business with minimum impact on the environment. Instead, they apparently waited until the Super Ferry started running, and protested by blocking the path and getting a judge to suspend operations, resulting in people leaving their vehicles on other islands.

There is more information on the www.superferry.com site, and in this article written by Senator Sam Slom. I’d write more, but I just get pissed off. The inter-island ferry is just what the islands need, and they are crapping on their opportunity.

Also keeping me from seriously considering a bike ride on Maui is the cost of using the Super Ferry. Here is the booking broken down:

Maui Booking

Can you believe the prices!?!? I have to pay $30 for a fuel surcharge for me and my bike to walk onto the ferry and ride it to Maui and back. $30 just for fuel! What is the fare paying for? Why so much money? Are they not interested in being competitive with the airlines? The cost is ridiculous. If the protesters get the Super Ferry to shut down, then the taxpayers are on the hook for $40 million in bonds. Doesn’t this mean that the Super Ferry has $40 million guaranteed over some period of time? Then why do they need to charge so much? Ahhhh…

Anyway, I’m happy to be back on the bike, still looking at building a Surly Long Haul Trucker, haven’t got around to building the perfect bike light yet, and have too many projects going on…

…but I’m riding…